Department of Special Collections


The Department of Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials which support UCSB students, faculty, and research programs, as well as the scholarly community. The department's holdings are non-circulating but are available for research in the reading room during posted hours.


All requests to use Special Collections materials can now be made online using your Special Collections Research Account. Visit our announcement page for more info. Before visiting the Department of Special Collections, we recommend that you check our 'Planning Your Research' page to avoid any delays or inconveniences.

Browsing Collections

Special Collections acquires materials by gift, transfer, and purchase, in accordance with general library procedures.

For general questions, please email us at special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or call (805) 893-3062.